When the chief priests and elders questioned Jesus regarding the authority by which He acted and taught, they couldn't have asked a more appropriate question. He was acting by the authority of God the Father and so must we. However, we need to be more specific about that. God's authority is found distinctly in His Word. Furthermore, we are under the authority of the New Testament. It is narrowed further by acting only in those areas where we have direct commands, approved examples or inescapable conclusions. We must understand statements of general and specific authority and respect the silence of the scriptures.